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Understanding Leadership

On March 5, President Trump, when asked if he or his administration bore any responsibility for the government’s tardy response to the Coronavirus, resorted to blaming President Obama for regulations that he claimed made it difficult for his administration to make a viable test kit available in time to gain an understanding of the threat. The allegation that Obama was somehow responsible proved untrue but if it had been, President Trump could easily change the regulation(s) as Congressional approval for such a change was not necessary. It is a fact that Trump tried to cut funding to the CDC in previous budgets and was prevented from doing so by the Congress.

This incident goes to the heart of leadership. When I was an Army officer, the institution made its expectations clear: “An officer is responsible for anything his/her unit does or fails to do.” Blaming the last officer to command the unit was never an option, let alone blaming a commander over three years previous. Trump has little if any understanding of the responsibilities he carries as Commander-in-Chief three years after raising his right hand to pledge his fidelity to the Constitution of the United States and to the people of this nation, from whom his power derives. It appears that the days of President Harry Truman’s “the buck stops here” are gone when it comes to this president.

JOSEPH R. FISCHER

Lt. Col., U.S. Army, Retired

Northumberland

Submitted via Virtual Newsroom

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